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Special Guest Post by Furniture Facts: Safe Sunning

Hey hey hey, Outblushers! Time for another fabulous guest post, this time by the decor gurus at Furniture Facts. It's summer, so we're all spending a lot of time outdoors chillaxin' on our patio furniture. If you're outdoors, you need sunscreen. Period. So read on for some of their favorite recommendations!

The American Cancer Society's "UV Safety Month" is coming up in July, and since many of us have already been enjoying the beach weather it's important to remember that a risk-free tan is the only way to tan. If you haven't found a sunscreen out there that you love, try Alba Botanica's sun care line, which offers non-chemical protection up to SPF 45 for face and body. It's great for anyone who likes a natural product for sensitive skin or a green lifestyle.

So what about the newer SPF 90+ lotions out there? Dr. Edward Lack (Chicago rhinoplasty & dermatology) warns that this can become more of a marketing gimmick to make you feel like you need a higher and higher number whenever it's available. Reapplying to keep that protection barrier on your skin strong is key, and will do a much better job than applying an extremely high SPF once and allowing it to wear off. "Ideally you put on sunscreen an hour before going outside, then reapply it just before exposure. If you will maintain direct exposure as on the golf course or on a boat put the sunscreen on again every 2 hours," Dr. Lack advises as a general rule.

Once we are adequately protected, the fun part is getting some color from a self-tanner. If you're a recovering sunbathing addict, you will love the deep, natural look you can get from some of the cult favorites out there. Lavera's sunless lotion is the top organic choice, while the entire Clarins line is highly recommendable- a favorite being the Self Tanning Instant Gel ($33) for a fast dash of color with no mess as you walk out the door in the morning. What's not to love?

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